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Best of Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop 2006
"Complex Chapter 11 Case Developments You Need to Know"

November 29, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Program Description:

The 'Best of ABI' program from this summer's Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop features a panel on recent complex chapter 11 developments, including cramdown plans post-Armstrong World, new issues surrounding the retention of investment bankers and advisors post-BAPCPA, and answers to the question of who owns the D&O policy proceeds when a company files for bankruptcy: the debtor, the debtor's estate, the directors and officers, or the creditors' Learn the latest developments in this seminar deemed the Best of ABI's 2006 Southeast program.

Speaker Bios:

Anna Phillips is a managing director at Giuliani Capital Advisors LLC in Atlanta, where she has initiated and led the execution of financing and restructuring transactions in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. She has advised both public and private companies spanning a wide cross-section of industries including airlines, specialty finance, retail, heavy construction and engineering, manufacturing and consumer products. Ms. Phillips has executed cross-border transactions and restructuring both in the U.S. bankruptcy court and outside of the bankruptcy process. She has represented various constituencies including the company, secured lenders and unsecured creditors. Ms. Phillips' recent clients include Delta Air Lines Inc., Pagenet do Brasil, United Companies Financial Corp., Oakwood Homes and Borden Chemicals & Plastics OLP. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants, ABI and numerous restructuring industry organizations in the United States. Ms. Phillips received her B.C. from the University of Tasmania in Australia.

John P. Whittington is a partner with Bradley, Arant, Rose & White, LLP in Birmingham, Ala., where he chairs the firm's Restructuring, Reorganization & Bankruptcy Practice Group and concentrates his practice in representing debtors, creditors and equityholders in complex business reorganization cases, including both chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. Mr. Whittington's recent engagements include serving as lead counsel for Birmingham Steel Corp., J.A. Jones Inc. and 57 affiliated construction and engineering-related cases pending in the Western District of North Carolina, as well as Caremark Rx Inc. He also represented all of the shareholders in the chapter 11 case of Shook & Fletcher Inc. in the restructuring of an asbestos-related case where the shareholders retained 100 percent ownership of the company when it emerged from bankruptcy. Mr. Whittington is a member of ABI, the Birmingham Bar Association and the  Alabama State Bar, and is co-chair of the ABA subcommittee on financial institution litigation. He is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and has served as an adjunct professor at the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. Mr. Whittington received his B.A. from Guilford College and his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law.

Hon. Michael G. Williamson
is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida, appointed on March 1, 2000. He began his career as a chapter 7 panel trustee, and over the course of the next 23 years he represented chapter 11 corporate debtors, creditors' committees and trustees in bankruptcy cases pending throughout the state of Florida. Judge Williamson is a member of the American Bar Association, a past chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar and past Florida chair of the fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, is Board-certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Judge Williamson graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and received his J.D. from Georgetown University.


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